Spin Master has filed a lawsuit against Mattel in the Central District of California for patent infringement involving its Bakugan toy.
Spin Master claims that Mattel’s Mecard toys infringe on at least two of its patents associated with Bakugan. Spin Master is accusing Mattel of using its patented technology in its Mecard toys to create dynamic toy transformations. The company is seeking damages and a permanent injunction.
This U.S. litigation is in addition to three other Bakugan-related patent lawsuits filed against Mattel by Spin Master in Canada, Mexico and Australia.
Ben Gadbois, Spin Master’s global president and COO, commented: “Spin Master has been recognized over the years by organizations such as the Toy Industry Association as one of the industry’s most innovative companies. We go to great lengths to protect and enforce our intellectual property against others who try to unfairly capitalize on our innovation. It is unfortunate when our competitors do not respect our intellectual property rights or do not invest in their own innovation.”
Ronnen Harary, Spin Master’s co-CEO and co-founder, added: “Bakugan was a global toy phenomenon and we have taken, and continue to take, great care to protect our innovative transforming technology in most major territories around the world. We plan to relaunch the Bakugan property globally in 2019 and we believe our patents protect the technology behind the product. Spin Master expects its competitors to respect Spin Master’s intellectual property and we will take forceful steps if we believe our rights are being infringed.”